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Steve Cohen Submits $2 Bill Bid For Mets, Big Ten Announces Conference Only Fall Sports

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Hedge fund mogul Steve Cohen is still in the mix to buy the New York Mets. First-round bids were due this week, and according to Fox Business report, Cohen offered $2 billion for the team and an additional $2 billion to acquire the SportsNet New York (SNY) network. Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez also made a bid for $1.7 billion. Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Devils owners Josh Harris and David Blitzer are still reportedly in the mix as well.

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The Big Ten announced it will move all fall sports to a conference-only schedule. All Power 5 conferences could follow their lead, which would result in only regional sports (including football) for the fall season. The Big Ten statement said, “We are facing uncertain and unprecedented times, and the health, safety and wellness of our student-athletes, coaches, game officials, and others associated with our sports programs and campuses remain our number one priority…. By limiting competition to other Big Ten institutions, the Conference will have the greatest flexibility to adjust its own operations throughout the season and make quick decisions in real-time based on the most current evolving medical advice and the fluid nature of the pandemic.”

 

 

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Joey Chestnut, Miki Sudo Set World Records At Nathan’s Famous, Name Changes: Redskins Likely, Indians A Possibility, Braves No

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Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo crushed the competition again at the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog-Eating Contest. At 36 years old Chestnut, a former construction manager from San Jose, CA, beat his own world record by eating 75 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes (around 21,750 calories). To say Chestnut dominated his competition is an understatement. He consumed an astonishing 33 more hot dogs and buns than the second-place finisher. This is Chestnut’s 13th Mustard Yellow Belt in 14 years.

Sudo also set a world record in the women’s division by eating 48.5 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes for her seventh consecutive win at this event. Sudo also dominated her competition by consuming 32.5 more hot dogs and buns than her closest competitor.

In addition to the Mustard Yellow Belt, both Chestnut and Sudo pocketed $10,000 with the win.

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In 2013, Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder said “We’ll never change the name….It’s that simple NEVER-you can use all caps.” As of this past weekend, it looks like Snyder is changing his mind, and the NFL franchise will have a new name before the start of the NFL season.

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The Cleveland Indians are also now considering a name change. In an official tweet from the team, they said,  “[W]e are committed to engaging our community and appropriate stakeholders to determine the best path forward with regard to our team name.”

The Atlanta Braves say they are not considering a name change. They said, “[The organization] honors, supports and values the Native American community. That will never change.”

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Baseball Will Return, FBI Says Noose Not Hate Crime, NFL Allows Cities To Determine Fans, No Bradley For Lakers

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The Major League Baseball Players Union officially approved the imposed 60-game season, so it looks like we’ll have a baseball season after all. July 1st will mark the start of “spring” training with opening day on July 24th.

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The FBI announced there was no hate crime against Bubba Wallace at Talladega over the weekend where a noose was found in Wallace’s garage. The investigators reported the noose had been in the garage since last October where it was used as a garage door pull. In addition, the report claimed that no one could have known Wallace would be assigned to that particular garage. Wallace commented on the report saying,  “The image that I have, that I have seen, of what was hanging in my garage is not a garage loop. I’ve been racing all of my life, we’ve raced out of hundreds of garages that have never had garage pulls like that… It was a noose. Whether it was tied in 2019 or whatever, it was a noose. It wasn’t directed at me, but someone tied a noose. It is a noose.”

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According to reports, the NFL might allow individual teams and cities to determine how many fans will be allowed in the stadium. The NFL appears determined to allow fans to avoid losing billions in revenue. It’s estimated that the NFL could lose $3 billion if the season is played in empty stadiums.

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The Los Angeles Lakers Avery Bradley announced he will not play when the NBA season resumes at Disney World. According to ESPN, Bradley is concerned about his family’s health particularly his six-year-old son who has a history of respiratory illnesses.

For those players reporting to Orlando, the NBA will have ring data monitors (called Oura rings) which can potentially access COVID-19 through heart rate and heart rate variability.

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NCAA Football Approved, MLB’s Latest Proposals, Belmont Stakes Saturday, NBA Honors Juneteenth

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The NCAA approved a schedule to start the 2020 season on time. The six-week calendar will begin in mid-July, and teams will be required to practice for four weeks before playing their first game.

BASEBALL

MLB owners submitted another proposal attempting to start the season on July 19th or 20th and allowing for a 60-game season and a 16-game postseason. The players countered with their own proposal for a 70-game season with prorated salaries based on the number of games played (including $50 million in playoff bonuses). It’s important to note that in the 60-game scenario, the Washington Nationals (World Series champions last year) would not have made the playoffs last season.

HORSE RACING

The Triple Crown series begins on Saturday with the Belmont Stakes. The Belmont is typically the third leg of the Triple Crown (with the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness legs one and two), but with COVID-19 precautions, the Derby will be run on September 5th and the Preakness on October 3rd. The Belmont is the longest of the races, but for the horses not used to running such long distances at the start of the season, they will now run 1 1/8 miles instead of 1 1/2 miles. Tune in at 5:42 pm ET, broadcast on NBC.

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For the first time in league history, the NBA has given employees paid time off for Juneteenth. The NBA said it wanted to give employees a chance to reflect on black history and racial injustice.

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UFC First Live Event, Harbaugh’s Proposal To NFL/NCAA, Kraft Auctions SB LI Ring For Charity

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The mixed martial arts sporting event, UFC249, took place on Saturday night without fans but gave the sports world their first live event. Justin Gaethje beat out the heavily favored Tony Ferguson, but Ferguson told fans afterward, “We did this for you, to bring sports back.” Even President Trump got into the action with his taped message on ESPN before the event saying, “I want to congratulate (UFC President) Dana White and the UFC. They’re going to have a big match. We love it. We think it’s important. Get the sports leagues back. Let’s play. Do the social distancing and whatever else you have to do. We need sports. We want our sports back.”

FOOTBALL

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh sent a letter to the NFL and NCAA outlining a plan to allow players the opportunity to enter the NFL draft at any point during their college careers and allow them to return to school if they don’t get drafted. Harbaugh insisted he is advocating for a system that “allows for more freedom and self-determination”, but many believe he’s mostly interested in reducing the number of elite players at his rival schools.

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft decided to auction his Super Bowl LI championship ring for the fundraiser “All In Challenge.” In announcing his donation, he said, “I’ve been thinking about it for weeks. I finally thought about our experience in Super Bowl LI against the Atlanta Falcons. We were down 28-3 (in the third quarter) and had 99.6% (odds) to lose. And we came back, and we won.” The winner will also receive a personal visit with Kraft and the use of the team plane to get to Boston if the winner lives too far to drive.

 

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Rakuten Monkeys Have Robot Mannequins, Gundy Insists We Power Through, UFC249 Canceled, HORSE Competition On Sunday

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The Chinese Professional Baseball League has gotten creative announcing that the Rakuten Monkeys will have robot mannequins instead of fans in the stadium seats when their season opens on Saturday, April 11th.

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In college football, Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy insisted programs try and “power through the pandemic” and wants his program back by May 1st saying it was time “to run money through the state of Oklahoma.” He went on to say, “From what I read, the healthy people can fight this, the antibodies make it better.”

ULTIMATE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP

Dana White announced he’s canceling UFC 249 which was scheduled for next weekend at Tachi Palace, a casino on Native American tribal land. California Senator Dianne Feinstein, as well as Disney and ESPN, urged White to cancel the event. White still insists the private island “Fight Island” is still a possibility for future fights.

BASKETBALL

Kudos to the NBA for trying to keep us all entertained. The League announced they are airing a “HORSE” competition with current and former NBA players and WNBA players. The game will be a single-elimination contest held remotely. The contest begins on Sunday, April 12th at 7 p.m. ET with NBA All-Star Chris Paul (Oklahoma City Thunder), 2020 NBA All-Star Trae Young (Atlanta Hawks) and Basketball Hall of Famer Tamika Catchings headlining the event. For more information on the tournament, click here.

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Bucs Unveil New Uniforms, Tom Brady To Appear On Howard Stern Show, Baseball Played In AZ

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Tom Brady’s new team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, unveiled their new uniforms.  Harking back to their glory days, the Bucs returned to a deep red, pewter and white color scheme. According to the Buccaneers owner and co-chairman Ed Glazer, “This new but familiar look is a direct result of the valuable feedback we received from our fans. We are excited to return to our classic Super Bowl era uniforms while also introducing a sleek Color Rush uniform that showcases our signature pewter in a new and dramatic way. The refreshed classic design of our home and away combinations bridges our past with our exciting new future, and we are confident it will resonate with our fans.”

Speaking of Tom Brady, the six-time Super Bowl champ will make his first-ever appearance on Wednesday on The Howard Stern Show on SiriusXM.

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Major League Baseball is playing around with options on how to get the players back on the field. One suggestion is to have all 30 teams play their games in Arizona at Chase Field.

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Patriots Transport N95 Masks From China, Wimbledon Canceled

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The New England Patriots transported 1.2 million N95 masks from Shenzhen, China to the United States. The expedition took weeks to arrange, as there was red-tape, global negotiations, and logistics in managing the transfer.  The Wall Street Journal reported that Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker was concerned about the state’s mask supply. He struck a deal to purchase the masks from China but had to figure out how to transport them back to the US. Baker told his friend, Jonathan Kraft, who is the Chairman of the board at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Patriots’ president. Kraft offered up the teams’ airplane. According to the Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft, “I’ve never seen so much red tape in so many ways and obstacles that we had to overcome. In today’s world, those of us who are fortunate to make a difference have a significant responsibility to do so with all the assets we have available to us.”

TENNIS

Wimbledon, the oldest Grand Slam tournament, was canceled on Wednesday for the first time since 1945. This is the first time the tournament was canceled for reasons other than war.

 

 

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Rivers Gone From Chargers, XFL Debut But Kaepernick Too Expensive

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The Los Angeles Chargers officially “mutually parted ways” with quarterback Philip Rivers. No word yet on where he’ll end up, but Rivers recently moved his large family to Florida, so it appears the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the odds-on favorite. The 38-year old Rivers said that wherever he ends up, he’ll play for a maximum of 2 years.

The NFL season is over, but the newly revised XFL had its officially debut last weekend. The new League markets itself as  “fan-first, ultra-accessible, and true to the game”. The League consists of 8 teams playing in a ten-week regular season and two-week postseason. You’ll see some recognizable names on the field of players who for various reasons haven’t been able to find a spot in the NFL.  The one player you won’t see, however, is Colin Kaepernick. According to the Commissioner Oliver Luck when asked about Kaepernick , “I’m saying that we spoke with his representative, and the salary requirements that were broached in that conversation were exorbitant and certainly out of our range.”

 

 

 

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Irvin Says Brady For Prescott Being Discussed, Kobe Honored At Oscars, Duke/UNC Rivalry

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In a shocking interview on Friday, former Dallas Cowboy Michael Irvin shared a “shocking” conversation he had during Super Bowl week involving the idea of the Cowboys trading quarterback Dak Prescott for the Patriots Tom Brady. Irvin said, “I am telling you right now, at the Super Bowl in Miami, some very significant people that I had conversations (with were) leaning in that same direction. It was shocking. I had a vodka cranberry in my hand and when they said it to me I put the drink down and said, ‘Let’s talk a little bit more about this.”

In other NFL news, former wide receiver Matthew A. Cherry won an Academy Award for his animated short film “Hair Love” which follows an African American father attempting to style his daughter’s hair for the first time. In accepting his award, Cherry dedicated his Oscar to Kobe Bryant. Spike Lee also honored Kobe wearing a gold and purple suit with Kobe’s jersey number, 24.

 

BASKETBALL

On Saturday, Duke and North Carolina took their rivalry to a whole new level. North Carolina took the lead for most of the game, but the Blue Devils forced an overtime and that’s where the fun really began. The game ended with a no-call in Duke’s favor and a winning layup at the buzzer giving the No. 7th ranked Duke the 98-96 win over the Tar Heels.

 

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